Gutters play a vital role in diverting the water from your roof. It’s important that you do an annual check on your gutters to ensure they are in good working order.
What to look out for when checking your gutters?
First off, take a walk around the perimeter of your home and follow the points raised below
Is there any evidence of rust on the outside of the gutters? Usually on gutters if they are rusting there will be rust spots on the outside.
If there is evidence of rust this is usually due to blocked gutters or the fall has been affected over time or a combination of the two. Another thing to check if you have an evap system check that the pipe expelling the water goes straight to the downpipe. If it is sitting in the gutter the water from the evap system can prematurely rust gutters
Is there any evidence of leaking at the joins?
Check your fascia boards (this is what your gutters are attached to) is there any evidence of water damage at the corners?
Check your downpipes is there any evidence of rust or leaks at the joins ie: elbows?
If you have answered yes to any of the above check to see if the gutters are blocked by carrying out a gutterline inspection. This will involve placing a ladder up against the gutter using a ladder safe to stop the ladder from slipping, ensuring the ladder is on flat stable ground. Have a look and see if the gutters are blocked with leaves or moss. If they are the gutters will need to be cleaned. If you are not comfortable cleaning the gutters yourself ensure you employ a gutter cleaning company to come and clean them. Also check if there is evidence of rust on the inside of the gutter.
If the gutters are clear but there is evidence of rust, water is sitting in the gutter or water damage to the eaves. It is likely the fall of the gutter has been affected over time this can be due to movement in the ground. In this event the only option would be to either put additional downpipes in the section where water is sitting or ultimately may require replacement.
Why not take advantage of Reliance Home Improvements FREE GUTTER CHECK call 1800 487984 to take advantage of this free check.